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Denis Leary

Denis Leary
Denis Leary by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Birth name Denis Colin Leary
Born (1957-08-18) August 18, 1957 (age 59)
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
  • American
  • Irish
Alma mater Emerson College
Years active 1987–present
Spouse Ann Lembeck (m. 1989)
Children 2
Notable works and roles
Website denisleary.com

Denis Colin Leary (born August 18, 1957) is an American actor, writer, producer, singer and comedian.

Leary was the star and co-creator of Rescue Me, which ended its seventh and final season on September 7, 2011. He has starred in many films including playing Captain George Stacy in Marc Webb's film, The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Cleveland Browns Head Coach Vince Penn in Ivan Reitman's film, Draft Day (2014), and as the voice of Francis in A Bug's Life and Diego in the Ice Age franchise.

From 2015 to 2016, Leary wrote and starred in the comedy series, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll on FX.

Denis Colin Leary was born on August 18, 1957, in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Roman Catholic immigrant parents from County Kerry, Ireland. His mother, Nora (née Sullivan) (b. 1929), was a maid, and his father, John Leary (1924-1985), was an auto mechanic. Being the son of Irish parents, Leary is a citizen of both the United States and Ireland. Through marriage, Leary is a third cousin of talk show host, Conan O'Brien.

He attended Saint Peter's High School (now Saint Peter-Marian High School), in Worcester and graduated from Emerson College, in Boston. At Emerson, he met fellow comic Mario Cantone, whom to this day Leary considers his closest friend. At the school, he founded the Emerson Comedy Workshop, a troupe that continues on-campus today.